SCHOOLS may have to close to older pupils if current measures fail to stem the rise of coronavirus infections, scientist warns.
Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the original lockdown in March, fears that schools for older students may have to close unless the spread of the disease is stemmed.
“It is a worrying situation,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. “We are in a critical time right now. The health system will not be able to cope with this rate of growth for much longer.”
His concerns come as talks continue between the government and local leaders in Nottinghamshire and Cheshire about their move to Tier 3, while South Yorkshire has become the latest region to enter the highest restriction level.
Prof Ferguson said the restrictions on households mixing should have a “significant effect”, but added it may not be enough and further action may be needed.
“If we go beyond that there is a limit to what we can do in terms of reducing contacts, short of starting to target, for instance, the older years in schools and sixth form colleges where we know older teenagers are able to transmit as adults.”
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